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Bank Street Books Announces Newest Best Children’s Books of the Year

The newly released list from Bank Street College of Education reflects their Children’s Book Committee’s choices from 2023’s publications. Bank Street’s seal of “best” is recognized by librarians, teachers, teacher training programs, and parents as a gold standard guide to children’s books. The selection committee is composed of more than two dozen members who are […]

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Health in Mind

Westerners have a peculiar way of prioritizing physical status over the conditions of our minds. We supply, even in casual conversation with children (and other adults), specific names for an array of possibilities when talking about our physical manifestations, including the experience of excellent health, impediments such as injury and disease names, recovery degrees, and

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Tales in Tune:  Music and Picture Books

Fusing the delights of music and story is a powerful way to teach basic concepts as well as explore deeper ideas and emotions.  Over my nearly 30 years of teaching young children, I’ve set a LOT of knowledge to simple tunes: the names of continents, oceans, countries and states, math concepts, simplified steps of the

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Jackets of all 39 books on the 2024 Outstanding International Children's Books list

Celebrating International Children’s Books

Each January, the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) announces their Outstanding International Books list during a meeting at the American Library Association conference.  The latest list, reflecting books published or released in 2023 and chosen by a committee of USBBY members, has just been released and we are delighted to find

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Seeing Migration Experiences in Recent Picture Books

For most of humanity’s existence on Earth, people have migrated from one place to another as individuals, as family groups, and as entire cultures. Today’s humans can find themselves migrating out of need—escaping war, poverty, and danger to seek a place to call home–or moving in search of better jobs, or to help care for

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Big (and Little) Books for Big Feelings

There are whole months and days dedicated to raising mental health awareness, but this is a topic that deserves to be addressed all year long. Kids may be tiny people, but they have BIG feelings, and it’s important to support them through their emotions and experiences. From anxiety and sadness to excitement and anger, this

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Growing Good Kids Book Award Times Three!

July is a busy month for book awards. One near and dear to us is the Growing Good Kids Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, sponsored by Junior Master Gardener (JMG) and the American Horticultural Society. JMG develops and publishes resources and curriculum guides to bring children and gardening together in a research-based effort to

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Pavla Fortelna speaks with Rutgers professors Marc Aronson & Doris Gebel & their students

Publisher Spotlight at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair

by Ellen Myrick, Publisher Spotlight Founder In 2023, the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair felt alive with crowds of authors, artists, publishers, and other book-adjacent professionals surging through the halls of Bologna’s business district, its famous fiere. Each region of the world displays in its own fair pavilion, giving the five halls a loose order.

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Heroes All Around

This article is by Publisher Liaison Christina Moorehead How do you define hero?  Some people conjure up images of caped and masked super-powered characters who leap off the pages of comics to roar into action from television and movie screens. Are these the only kinds of heroes to be found?  Absolutely not! Within the pages

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